Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparations Have Started!!

I am a big crazy holiday person!!  All of my grandkids will be coming this year, so I am getting some activities together to keep them entertained.  I have seven grandchildren, ages, 3, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  I think I have that right.  I will be cooking for 14 people.  I always have to get started early.  I like to have lots of fun things for the kids to do after dinner, so I have started on that today.  I checked out websites on the internet to find projects, games and color pages.  I found three cute projects and some Thanksgiving crossword puzzles.  There were some picture puzzles for the young kids and harder ones for the older kids.  I found a cute word search for the older kids also.  I will have to pick up a few things for the kids projects at the store this week and I always buy an abundance of crayola crayons when they are on sale before school starts.  Everyone gets their own box of crayons so there is no fighting!!!  I have also decided to try some  "Bingo"  this year.  I think all of the kids are old enough and even great grandma can play that also!  I will have to pick up some prizes and make sure that everyone wins!!





I am going to get my table set this weekend.  This is a big job and I like to fuss over it!  Everyone will have a place card and I just love to set a pretty table.  So if I do it this weekend, I can play with it for a while.  I bet you are all going, WHAT??  Already??  Is she crazy? Well yes, what I will do after I have it set, is throw clean sheets over the tables to keep dust off of the dishes.  I will also get my grocery shopping done.  Everything will be ready to go by Monday.  I have done a heavy cleaning this week, so I think if I just give everyone the "evil eye",  we can keep it straightened enough to just go over the tops of things on Wednesday.  I make the dinner by myself, so I have a system that works for me.  On Monday I make homemade noodles for my husband, and on Tuesday, I will start some of my food.  I can make my pie crust and my pumpkin pie filling and just refrigerate it separately until Thursday morning.  This works great!  On Tuesday I will make my cranberry salad, get my Turkey starting to defrost.   On Wednesday, I will make my broth from the giblets and start the dressing.  I will put my bread in the oven to dry out and I cut up all the celery, onion, etc. and put in the refrigerator. I even have a great recipe for mashed potatoes that I make the day before.  I didn't believe that these would be good when a friend gave me the recipe, but I knew she was a great cook.  I took her word for it, and have used the recipe ever since.  It is nice not to have to mash potatoes when you are trying to carve the turkey and make gravy.   Everything is ready to be mixed together on Thursday morning!  I can make a couple of vegetable casseroles also on Wednesday.  I have used this schedule for years.  I have a written time table of when each item needs to go into the oven or start cooking on the stove.  By 1:00pm, it will all come together and we will eat our Thanksgiving feast!! 

On Friday, I will collapse!!  Just kidding!!  If I don't have time to write another note, everyone have a Very Blessed Thanksgiving!!!!  Cindy











Monday, November 14, 2011

Industrial Strength Sewing Machine

Well I just got a new sewing machine added to my sewing room.  My husband has been asking me to recover his boat seats for about two years now.  I keep telling him, that would require a industrial sewing machine to do it right.  He must want this done very badly because last month he was on eBay looking at sewing machines.  I asked him what on earth he was doing and he said he was looking for a cheap industrial sewing machine for me!!  I thought to myself, Oh MY!!  Let me sit right down and help you look!!  Who would pass up that opportunity??  Not me!!



I really don't know anything about them but I didn't think I wanted the one with an oil pan and large motor and special table.  I just wanted something that could handle a large stitch and the heavier threads.  We saw several on eBay and after doing some research, I narrowed it down to two.  It is not an industrial machine, it has industrial strength.  What this means is that it has the power to go through all of the thicknesses and will handle the commercial heavy threads.  I bided on the first machine and was out bided.  Oh wow, how much do these machines go for!  A couple of days later, I bided on the second machine.  This is the one that I really wanted, so I upped my bid and I won it!!

The machine was delivered the other day, and I was a little surprised.  It supposedly came from a sewing dealer and it stated that it was all cleaned and oiled and ran great!  Well, his idea of cleaning and how a machine should be cleaned are two different things.  He might of oiled it, but he sure did not clean it.  I worked for a day and a half cleaning that machine.  I took off the top and used q-tips to get out the dirt and oil it,  it had so much dirt and lint in the bobbin, I could hardly get it out.  Well, it is clean now and it really does run great!  I wrote back to the person that I bought it from and said, it really wasn't as clean as described and he couldn't even remember the machine.  He said it came from an estate sale.  So they just must buy them up and sell them!  Well it now has a loving home where it will be taken care of.

My husband has already pulled out the seats from the boat!!  I tried to tell him that now is not the best time to try and start such a big project.  I mean, after all, it is Christmas time and I have a million things to do.  I promised him I would start working on it in January.

Here is a picture of my new addition.  It is a Necchi SuperNova.  Does anyone know anything about this machine?  I am anxious to try and sew with it.  I thought I might try to make a vinyl purse or something first!  I can tell my husband, I just thought I should do a little practicing first!  When I start this project, I will be posting pictures along the way, it really doesn't look to hard.  I am only going to replace the cracked areas.  I think I am going to use the back of the seats material and replace that with black.  No one will ever know it has been repaired!  I hope!!  The boat is aqua and black, so I think this should work!



I took this picture also. This is my little granddaughters sewing area. She is five and I watch her everyday along with her big sister. When I sew, she sews. I took out the needle, even though it is a toy, because she could still get her little finger hurt. She has never asked why she doesn't have a needle, and I just don't say anything. Then one day big sister came in and said, "Mamo where is the needle"!! Now all I hear is,
 "Why don't I have a needle"!






Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To Make A Vintage Paper Wreath

I love to do crafts, sew, cook, and read.  I saw this article this morning and thought how cute it is.  I would think you could also use Christmas Wrap, especially paper that is double sided.  Wouldn't that be cute!!  I am going to go try this!!  I think I have some mod podge up in my sewing room!!







Most people have a “one time read” book lying around the house collecting dust. Why not put it to good use by making this amazing wreath? It’s simple, fun, and cost effective to make. Plus, it’s great for any holiday because there are so many different ways to accessorize it.



WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

•Old book – Check the Dollar store or thrift stores if you don’t have one on hand.

•Paint – I used brown, but to make it more snazzy consider using mod podge and your choice of glitter.

•Sponge Brush

•Hot glue gun

•Wreath base – I recommend using a foam base. I got mine from Roberts for only $4.79 (after my 40% off coupon.) You could also go to the plumbing department of Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy a six foot long piece of foam tubing. Cut it to the desired length and simply duct tape it together. This will cost you less than a dollar.



INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP ONE: Tear the front and back cover off your book. Take your paint and coat the three exposed edges of the book. Allow a couple minutes to dry. If you are using mod podge and glitter then run the mod podge over the three edges and sprinkle with glitter.



STEP TWO: Once this is dry, carefully tear out the pages of your book. Try to get a semi-straight tear.



STEP THREE: Take a page from your book and either roll it like a cone or fold it back and forth like a fan without making any creases. I traded off rolling and folding to give it more texture. Then use your hot glue gun to attach the pages to the wreath. Start at the outside edge of your wreath first.



STEP FOUR: Once the outer row is done, the following rows need to be shorter in length. Simply fold the page and inch or two at the bottom, making a tab. Glue the back of the tab to the wreath. Continue this until your wreath is full enough to your liking. Once you get to the final inner row, glue the pages as you did on the first outer row.



STEP FIVE: Ta-Da! Your wreath is complete. Now go ice your hands because if you’re anything like me, you have several hot glue gun blisters.



This has been a guest post by Katie from Pleasant Grove, UT  Thank you Katie!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Printables



I just found this site!  These are just the cutest printables for Thanksgiving!  My grandchildren love to help decorate the table each year and we printed these off.  My oldest always types up a menu and hangs it on the front door for all to see as they arrive.  I hope this will be a tradition they always remember about Grandma!

Here is the link to print them out! 

http://www.dimpleprints.com/?p=229

I had trouble printing them, but if you go to the top of the page and look under the tab that says free printables you can just click on Thanksgiving!  Have Fun!!

Thank you so much "Dimple Prints"!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011




How to Make Cute Flowers from Brown Paper Bags!

I love these brown paper flowers! When I first saw them, I thought they had to be store-bought. They just look so elegant. But as it turns out, we can all make these at home using leftover brown paper lunch bags. They’re the perfect autumn decoration, especially if you have more time than cash!

What You’ll Need:

•6 – 8 brown paper lunch bags

•glue stick

•scissors

Directions:

1.With bottom flap of an unopened bag towards you, cut off the bottom of the bag above the fold.

2.Draw a petal shape on the bag and cut it out. Make the petal as wide as possible; make one end pointed, and just cut straight across the other end.

3.Save the small parts that fall out as you cut the petals. You will use them later.

4.Bend the petals in half length-wise and then glue 6-8 of them together at the straight-cut end, making a flower shape.

5.Repeat with smaller petal pieces that fell out as you cut. Make sure to overlap pieces as you glue and keep them slightly elevated for a 3-D effect.

6.Now you should have a large and small flower. Glue the smaller flower inside the large one and you’re done!

If you want picture directions, please go to the following website!

Thank you!  A Place For Us 
http://www.aplaceforusblog.com/2011/10/brown-paper-flowers-tutorial.html

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple Butter

My apple butter is all finished and canned.  It didn't take as long as I had planned.  I thought it would cook until 9:00am this morning, but last night around 7:00pm it was done.  I was afraid if I left it cook all night, I might wake up to a burned up crock pot. I had read on another recipe to crack the lid a little to thicken it up and maybe this speeded up the recipe.  I really didn't feel last night at 7:30 to finish the canning, but I did it anyway.  We get up at 4:00am so by this time of night I am worthless!  We had it on toast this morning and it is delicious!  I had to force my little granddaughter who stays all night on Fridays to taste it.  After chasing her around the house, she finally took a tiny lick of the spoon and said "Oh that is good, Mamo".  She eats nothing, so this was the ultimate compliment!
It doesn't take much to make me happy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Canning Some Vegetables!

I had alot of left over green tomatoes in my garden and it was calling for frost.  My husband and I went out and picked all of them and I should of gotten on the internet before we did this.   The internet says to pull plant and all out of the ground and shake off the dirt and hang it upside down in a cool place and the tomatoes will continue to turn red.  Well it was to late for that, so I found this recipe on the internet for Green Tomatoe Relish and it had lots of reviews that said it is very good.  You just put tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, and onions in a food process and chop them up, add some vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed and then bring it to a boil for 5 minutes and process.  I did give it a little taste and it is delicious.  I can't wait to put it on a hamburger or hotdog sandwich!  Here is a picture of all my hard work.  I made some small jelly jars, to make some gift baskets at Christmas!


Now today, I have some Slow Cooker Apple Butter cooking and I will be filling jars with that.  Here is what I have started now.


This is a very easy recipe, you just slice up 5-lbs. of apples and put them in the crockpot with some apple cider and spices.  This will have to cook until tomorrow morning, so I will fill the jars tomorrow.  I wanted to show you the slicer that I used.  My mother purchased this and then never used it and passed it along to me.  I just love this!  It is called a "Vidalia Chop Wizard".  It comes with two different size blades and you just lay your vegetable or fruit on it and slam the lid.  I chopped 5 pounds of apples in about 3 minutes!  This was so easy to get ready and my house smells wonderful!!  Only problem is, it is making me hungry!  I like to can and it is becoming a lost art!  I wish I could have a larger garden and can everything!  I canned tomato juice last year which I use to make chili, but my tomatoes this year just did not want to redden up, I still have about 5 jars of that left and it just makes the best chili ever!  If anyone wants the recipes, just leave me a comment and I will send them to you!  I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!